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JASNA Central California Events 2017 – 2018

Meeting and Book Discussion on Mansfield Park
February 24th at 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Woodward Park Regional Library, Fresno.  Free.

JASNA Picnic and Walking Party
April 28th at Noon – 4 p.m. Woodward Park, Fresno.
Tickets: $10 for JASNA Members/$12 general.

Dress in your finest picnic outfit, Regency style or modern, and bring your own picnic lunch. We will provide beverages, games, and entrance to the Shinzen Japanese Friendship Gardens for a lovely late-spring stroll. Tickets are on sale now. 

Meeting and Book Discussion: The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser
July 28th at 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Woodward Park Regional Library, Fresno.

We’re very excited to announce that, in addition to discussing this award-winning non-fiction title, we’ve booked the author for a 45-minute Skype chat about the book! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear her discuss her work and answer questions about her fascinating approach to Austen studies.

looser-devoney-cropDevoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is author of The Making of Jane Austen (2017), Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850 (2008) and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820 (2000), co-editor of Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (1997) and editor of Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (1995).

This talk and discussion is hosted in partnership with the Fresno County Libraries. 

Events for 2018 – 2019

Meeting and Book Discussion on Northanger Abbey
October 27th at 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location Fresno County Library Branch TBA. Free.

Jane’s Birthday Party!
December 16th at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Location: The home of DeAuna Marks
Reservations: $10 for JASNA Members/$12 general.

Join us for an informal tea celebration of Austenmas. The party is a potluck but we’ll provide beverages, games, champagne/cider to toast, and warm company. As we’re being hosted by a private home, attendance is limited. Reservations will be taken beginning November 1.

“You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s”: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time
Illustrated talk and discussion.
Saturday, January 19, 2019. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Woodward Park Library, Fresno. Free.

We are pleased to welcome JASNA President Claire Bellanti who will visit the Region and present a talk, “You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s:’ Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time.” Circulating Libraries of the 18th and early 19th centuries were an important source of books to Jane Austen and a strong influence on her writing.   The illustrated talk addresses how these libraries developed and functioned as well as how they are used in Jane Austen’s novels.

MG-0211-cropped-copy2Claire Bellanti is the President of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). She holds an MA (European History) from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35 year career as a library professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional interests, Ms. Bellanti has lectured and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, 19th Century Silver Fork novels, and publishing Jane Austen in the 19th Century, using materials located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department. A member of JASNA since 1987, she has actively participated in local JASNA activities and served as JASNA’s Vice-President for Regions from 2010-2013. Although it can be difficult fitting more in alongside Jane Austen, her other interests include 19th European literature and history (with an emphasis on Great Britain and Russia), quilting, knitting, and gardening.


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Gatherings with Other JASNA Regions or Related Groups


Read and Discuss Jane Austen At Home: A Biography
Central Valley Jane Austen Book Club
Saturday, March 24 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Woodward Park Library, Fresno

Northanger Abbey Ball
Bay Area English Regency Society
Saturday, April 21st at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Church Social Hall, Kensington, CA
Tickets: $25 at the door.

Liberty Ranch High School 2nd Annual Jane Austen Ball
Hosted by the LRHS Creative Writing and AP British Lit Classes
April 21st at 6 p.m.  Liberty Ranch High School, 12945 Marengo Road, Galt, CA 95632

cropped-yfv801yf_400x4001.pngJASNA Southwest Booth at the LA Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California. April 21 – 22, 2018. 10 a.m . – 5 p.m. both days. Free.

Read and Discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Central Valley Jane Austen Book Club
Saturday, April 14 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Revue Coffee House, 620 Olive Ave, Fresno.

Mary Shelley “Frankenstein” Ball
Bay Area English Regency Society
Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge
Tickets: $25 at the door.